Oh shit, a new Dying Scene Band Spotlight! It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these and I can’t think of a better way to revive the feature than with an awesome skate punk band. Bogota, Colombia’s One Reason To Rise is the right band for the job. These guys have been cranking out singles for the last few years, culminating in their new City Lights EP, complete with plenty of Strung Out-style guitar riffage and a “Somebody’s Watching Me” cover. These guys kick ass! Give ’em a shot.
My favorite thing about writing for Dying Scene (aside from the money, fame, and numerous accolades) has always been discovering lesser known bands from all over the world; 7 Years Bad Luck was one of the first bands I stumbled upon when I come on board in the early 2010’s and I’ve remained a loyal fan ever since.
The three piece punk band hailing from Innsbruck, Austria has been around over 20 years. They’ve released sixth full-length albums, with the most recent No Shame coming out earlier this month on Monster Zero Records. 2017’s Great, Big, Nothing was was an excellent album, and No Shame is a worthy successor. Check it out below, grab the record here, and hit up Bandcamp to catch up on 7 Years Bad Luck’s extensive back catalog.
Canadian skate punk band Colorsfade caught my eye (or ear, I guess) with their 2018 debut album In Real Time, delivering riffy, metallic skate punk in the vein of bands like This Is A Standoff, Strung Out and Much The Same. When I found out these Quebecers had a new album on the way in 2023, I quickly penciled it in as one of my most anticipated releases of the year.
Built From The Wreckage is due out January 30th on People of Punk Rock Records, and if the killer singles they’ve released so far are any indication, I don’t think we’re in for a sophomore slump. Check ’em out below and head over here to pre-order the record.